We are thrilled to welcome back to the pages of Dwell our former special projects editor, Kelsey Keith, who is the editor-in-chief of the website Curbed. She visited the Charrier residence outside of Copenhagen at the tail end of an unseasonably hot summer in Denmark. “ThoughI wish I could have brought home a Hans Wegner original as a memento of the trip,” she says, “I made do with the best honey I’ve ever tasted, courtesy of the Charrier family beehives."
Favorite piece of furniture: A Charles Pollock-designed executive chair for Knoll that she waited to buy until she found just the right color combination—a custom ivory tweed upholstery on a black base.
Currently the home and design editor at Departures, Dan Rubinstein lives in New York City. He penned the cover story for this issue, featuring Nicolas Roche’s kaleidoscopic Parisian home. “Roche’s apartment truly encapsulates the virtues of any design lover: rare and bizarre vintage finds, shots of quirk and color, and some good old-fashioned problem-solving. I remain utterly fascinated with his Bond-style, mega-groovy bed of unknown origin.”
Favorite piece of furniture: His Vegetal chair from Vitra in black. “I’m a big fan of using outdoor furniture indoors when appropriate.”
For this month’s Energy 360 column on the state of solar power, Patrick DiJusto, a book editor at Make: and the author of This Is What You Just Put In Your Mouth: From Eggnog To Beef Jerkey the Surprising Secrets of What’s Inside Everyday Products, has this to say: “I decided not long ago that solar’s future was at least 20 years away. Doing this piece has convinced me that solar is now.”
Favorite piece of furniture: “I try not to play favorites with my furniture. It’s all Swedish (from IKEA), and you know how sulky they can be.”
On his website, BLDGBLOG, Geoff Manaugh writes about architectural speculation and the urban future. His next book, A Burglar’s Guide to the City (FSG Originals, Spring 2016), looks at the built environment through the eyesof criminals and the police who track them. His second in a three-part series on security appears in this issue. As for his thoughts on this issue’s theme of furniture, Manaugh writes: “Harry Houdini, the famous escape artist, wrotea small book about crime where he describes a method for robbing houses that involved furniture—more specifically, a woman hiding inside a sofa. She (that is, the sofa that she’s hiding inside) gets delivered to a home; when the coast is clear, the woman then pops out, steals all the jewelry and silver, crawls back inside the sofa, and, a half-hour later, the delivery crew comes back to the house and says they delivered the wrong sofa...They then haulher and the (now much heavier) sofa away to freedom. It’s called a ‘sofa job.’”